How to Change App Icon Size on Your Android Device

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Most Android smartphones now come with fixed icon sizes, but what if you’d like to have larger or smaller icons, so as to fit more of them on the home screen? Fortunately, select smartphone models do allow users to do this natively – you just have to search through their settings.

For the rest of us, there’s the option to install third-party launchers, which provide a straightforward solution if you are looking to change the size of your icons. You can also magnify your icons temporarily. This article goes over all three methods.

1. Try a Third-Party Launcher

Most third-party launchers will get the job done to change the icon size to your preferences. A few popular choices include the Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, Smart Launcher, POCO Launcher and the newer Niagara Launcher.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher is probably the most well-known Android launcher – and with good reason. The app brings a fast and customizable experience, allowing users to give their phone a makeover to their preferences without slowing down the device’s overall performance.

  1. Open “Nova Settings” on your device.
  2. Tap on “Home screen” at the top of the display.
Change App Icon Size Home Settings
  1. Select the “Icon layout” option.
Change App Icon Size Nova Layout
  1. Move your finger along the “Icon size” slider to adjust the size of your app icons.
Change App Icon Size Change From Settings
  1. Tap back and check out the results. If you’re still not happy with how it all looks, go back and play with the setting again.
  2. If you’re installing Nova for the first time, you can set the “Icon size” from the preview window. The icon size you choose here will be applied to the home screen as well as the app drawer.
Change App Icon Size Nova Launcher Preview
  1. Moreover, you can customize how the apps are arranged for both by going to “Home Screen -> Desktop Grid” and “App Drawer -> Drawer App Grid” and selecting how many rows and columns of icons you want to see in each.
Change App Icon Size Nova Grid

Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher is another great alternative for those looking to customize their Android, as it offers a good balance of features, including a change in app size and performance.

  1. Open the Apex Menu on your device.
  2. Select “Home Screen” from the list of options that appear.
How To Change App Icon Size Apex Settings Home Screen
  1. Tap on “Layout & Style.”
How To Change App Icon Size Apex Settings Layout Style
  1. Scroll down until you find the “Icon size” slider and use it to determine the size of your icons. You’ll see the results of your changes in real time above.
Change App Icon Size Apex Icon Size Slider
  1. Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, tap back and check the results.
  2. You can also fiddle with the app layout and select how many rows and columns of icons you want on your home screen. The more columns you add, the smaller the icons will get.
Change App Icon Size Apex Set Columns Rows
  1. In addition, if you wish to resize the app icons in your app drawer, go to “Settings -> App Drawer -> Drawer Layout & Icons.” Here you can resize the icons and adjust the layout as well.
Change App Icon Size Apex App Drawer

Smart Launcher 6

Smart Launcher 6 is a launcher app that has been around for a while. It is packed with great features, like automatically sorting your apps into several categories. Of course, the app also lets you change your app icon size.

  1. On your device with Smart Launcher 6, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You’ll see the different app categories that the launcher uses to group your apps. Tap on any of them.
  1. Tap on the three-dot menu in the top right of the display.
Change App Icon Size Smart Dots Menu
  1. The “App page” window will appear on your screen. Tap on “Show all settings” to go to the app’s general Settings.
Change App Icon Size Smart Show All Settings
  1. Find and select “Global appearance.”
Change App Icon Size Smart Settings Menu
  1. Click on “Grid properties.”
Change App Icon Size Smart Grid Properties
  1. Select “Home page” or “App page” at the top, then use the “Icon size” slider below to decide how large your icons should be.
Change App Icon Size Smart App Page Icon Size
  1. From the same section, you can also customize your app grid by selecting how many columns and rows of apps you want to have on your display.
  2. For your “Home page,” you can easily switch between two premade layouts: “Standard” and “Dense.”
Change App Icon Size Smart Home Page Grid

POCO Launcher 2

The POCO Launcher provides you with another simple way to change the size of your app icons. It boasts a simple, clean UI that won’t slow down your phone. Unlike some of the other launchers on our list, it doesn’t offer a truckload of features, but the ability to tweak app icon sizes is included.

  1. Swipe up on your device to bring up the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the three-line menu in the upper-right corner.
Change App Icon Size Poco App Drawer
  1. Go to “Customize layout.”
Change App Icon Size Poco Launcher Settings
  1. Select the size you want your icons to be and how many you wish to see in a row (options are limited compared to other launchers).
Change App Icon Size Poco Set Icon Size

Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher is part of the newer crop of launcher apps. It boasts a quick and minimalist interface that is great for low-end devices. It lets users set up a fresh home screen layout that features up to eight of your most frequently used apps. The rest of the apps are accessible from the A-Z list on the right side of the display. Niagara’s Launcher feature pack includes the option to change the app icon size.

  1. Long-tap on one of your home screen icons.
  2. Select “Niagara settings.”
Change App Icon Size Niagara Settings
  1. Tap on “Look.”
Change App Icon Size Niagara Look
  1. Slide your finger on the “App icon size” bar to select how you want them to look.
Change App Icon Size App Icon Size
  1. Go back and check the result.
Change App Icon Size Niagara Overview

As you can see, launchers have your back when it comes to helping you customize the size of your app icons. But depending on which type of smartphone you have, you may not need to download a launcher app to get the job done.

2. Dig Into Your Phone’s Settings

Some phones offer the option to change your app icons’ size natively. For example, Pixel users can do this easily by following these steps.

  1. Long-press on an empty space on your Pixel’s home screen.
  2. Select “Wallpaper & Style.”
Change App Icon Size Pixel Style
  1. Go to “App grid.”
Change App Icon Size Pixel App Grid
  1. Select a grid size. If you’re looking to increase the size of your icons, select the 3×3 or 2×2 option. If you wish to go smaller, select 5×5 or 4×5.
Change App Icon Size Pixel Change Grid

Note: this feature only affects how icons look on your home screen. Apps in your app drawer will remain the same size.

Change App Icon Size Pixel Large Icons View

Alternatively, you can also change the size of your app icons if you’re using a Samsung phone with One UI on board.

  1. Long- press on an empty space on the home screen on your Samsung device.
  2. Tap on the “Settings” icon.
Change App Icon Samsung Settings
  1. You should be able to see the “Home screen grid” and “Apps screen grid” options.
Change App Icon Samsung Grid Options
  1. These give you the option to change the ratio of apps on your phone’s home and app screens, which will have the effect of changing their size.
Change App Icon Samsung Home App Screen

3. Magnify App Icons Only Temporarily

Another trick you can use to temporarily alter the size of your app icons is to tap into your phone’s Accessibility features (if these are available).

  1. Go to “Settings -> Accessibility” on your phone.
Change App Icon Pixel Accessibility
  1. Select “Magnification.”
Change App Icon Pixel Magnification
  1. Toggle on the “Magnification shortcut” option.
Change App Icon Pixel Magnification Shortcut
  1. Tap “Got it” in the pop-up window that tells you to triple-tap anywhere on your screen to start the magnification process.
Change App Icon Pixel Triple Tap
  1. The magnification window will pop up on the screen. Tap on the finger-shaped icon in the box’s lower-right corner and drag your finger toward an icon you want to magnify.
Change App Icon Size Pixel Zoom
  1. It will zoom in on it.
  2. To exit the Magnification mode, triple-tap again anywhere on this screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change how my Android icons look?

Yes. You can set a custom icon for each of your Android apps. If you’re curious about the process, we have an article detailing how to create a new icon for an app on Android. Alternatively, you can download and install an alternative app icon pack from the Play Store. There are plenty to choose from, including Moonshine and Whicons.

Can I customize the shape of my Android icons?

Yes. These days most phones give you the option to change the shape of your Android icons. Depending on your phone model, you might have various choices at your disposal, but in most cases, you’ll find square and circle options are available. If you install a launcher on your device, you’ll get even more options.

Can I customize my system icons' appearance as well?

The answer is yes once more. System icons appear in your Quick menu. Depending on your phone model, it’s possible to customize their shape, accent color, etc. If you find that your phone lacks this option, you can always turn to a third-party app for help.

Image credit: Geri Pix via Pexels. All screenshots by Alexandra Arici.

Alexandra Arici
Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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